An Aboriginal man from Western Australia was called a “weirdo” by a group of locals during a meeting last week.
Key points:An Aboriginal man in Western Australia is being referred to as a “troublemaker” by his local Indigenous communityThe man is a member of the Aborigines of Western Australia groupHe says he feels he has been “fooled”The man, who does not wish to be named, said he was called “a troublemaker” and “fools” at the meeting.
He said he felt that he had been “taught a bad lesson” by the Aboriginal community and felt that it had caused him to be “fuzzy” and nervous about his Aboriginal identity.
“I feel a lot of pain in my heart, I’m a young man, and I feel a sense of shame about my identity,” he said.
“It’s really a sad day when you’re called a weirdo or something.”
The man has become an online sensation after the meeting in the Abbotsford town of Mount Isa in which a local Aboriginal man was referred to by the group as a weirdos.
“Weirdos are not very popular in the community, but we do have some weirdos,” Mr Brown said.
The man said the incident occurred in the town hall of Abbotsfield, about 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Perth, on Thursday.
He has since posted photos of the incident on social media.
The Aboriginals of Western Australian group said it was “disgusted” that a member had been referred to the group’s leader as a creepy “wee”.
“This is not the way Aboriginal people are supposed to be treated,” a spokeswoman said.”[The group] is appalled that a local member of this community was targeted by local community members.”
The Abbotsfields town hall is a place where Aborigins come together to make a positive difference in the lives of our communities.
“The group said the man was “fraudulently and falsely” claiming to be Aboriginal in order to gain benefits for his community.”
This man was not a member,” it said in a statement.”
He was a fraudulently pretending to be a member.
“He has not been a member in the past, and does not belong to any Aboriginal organisation or community.”
The Abbotysville town hall said it would conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.
“To do that, we need to be sure this is an isolated incident, and not a systemic issue,” it added.
“If this person is found to be responsible, we will make sure that the local community and the wider community are treated fairly and with dignity.”
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said there were 2.9 million people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent in Australia.
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